Richmond runners head to Morrow Mountain

19.7-mile run is just for fun 

Staff report

* Video of the 2011 event
* List of entries

What an idiot.

Five Richmond County runners are registered for the Fellowship of the Idiot run, a 19.7-mile jaunt that starts at the flats of the Stanly County YMCA in Albemarle and goes to the top of Morrow Mountain and back.

A Vac and Dash photo

A Vac and Dash photo

The run begins at 5:30 a.m. and has a four-hour time limit. Peter Asciutto is event director and owner of Vac and Dash, which bills itself as the “the south’s most unique specialty store” by offering retail sales on vacuums as well as event management and screen printing services.

A total of 178 runners are registered for the free event, which is essentially a training run with a T-shirt at the finish line. Of the 178 runners, 115 of them are “first-time idiots,” as noted during the registration process.

Two runners from Rockingham — Jerry Lindstrand and Kevin Spradlin — and three from Hamlet — Rosemary Baxley, Mark Long and Lee Watson — plan to be among the runners who toe the start line despite a forecast of rain and a temperature below 40 degrees. Watson and Spradlin are “first-time idiots,” or at least will be upon course completion, while Baxley, Long and Lindstrand are “returning idiots.”

Other area runners include:

From Aberdeen — Travis Alfrey, Kera Di Bello, Marcus Hanshew

From Pinehurst — Rachel Keeter, Carrie Kirby, Roy Schneiderman, Lacey Trumbo, Angel Gulley, Graham Gulley,

A Vac and Dash photo

A Vac and Dash photo

From Southern Pines — Jennifer Bailey, Kristen Baker, Jennifer Kirby, Joe Miller,

From Wadesboro — Millie Rowan, Ron Rowan, Bubba Hutchinson,

From West End — Richard Benjamin.

Volunteers man three aid stations along the way, including at miles 6, 8 and 9.7 on the way up and then again on the way down at miles 11.4, 13.7 and 16. Asciutto encourages participants to not worry so much about how much time it takes.

“Note the beautiful sunrise at the top of Morrow Mountain and all the smiles of those running,” Asciutto said in the group email to runners.

Of course, there is better than a 50 percent chance of rain Saturday morning. That won’t hamper the event.

“We will host the run, even if it is raining,” Asciutto said. “One thing I learned in life is that you can’t control the weather, all you can control is how you react to the weather.”

Even if the sky is overcast and the scenic views — well, aren’t — Asciutto provided runners with an incentive to reach the end of the course as quickly as possible. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, he said, all apparel will be 50 percent off the lowest ticketed price. Some shirts will sell for as little as $2.50 and hooded sweatshirts will be available for $10. Shoes will be $15 off the lowest ticketed price.

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